Jamie Carragher explains why Emre Can's days at Liverpool could be numbered

The 23-year-old midfielder's current Liverpool contract expires at the end of next season

Mark Critchley
Monday 13 March 2017 12:08
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Emre Can scored the decisive goal in Liverpool's 2-1 home win over Burnley
Emre Can scored the decisive goal in Liverpool's 2-1 home win over Burnley

Jamie Carragher has suggested that there is a ‘good chance’ that Emre Can will not play for Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool next season unless he reneges on his demand for a significant pay rise.

The 23-year-old midfielder, whose current contract at Anfield expires at the end of next season, scored the decisive goal in his side’s narrow 2-1 home win over Burnley on Sunday.

Can has struggled to hold down a regular place in Klopp’s starting line-up this season, and was only included against the Clarets due to the absence of injured captain Jordan Henderson.

Carragher believes that until Can has established himself as a first-team regular, the club are likely to rebuff his wage demands and potentially sell him during the summer transfer window.

“Can's big problem is that I don't think he's a versatile player but he's played in four or five positions for Liverpool,” the former defender said while analysing Liverpool’s victory on Sky Sports.

“The only position I think he can play is the one he played [against Burnley], the sitting midfielder, because he needs legs around him. [Klopp] is playing Jordan Henderson ahead of him.”


“Now, he's got a contract situation at the moment, Emre Can. Is he going to sign it? Is he not? I think he may have 12 months at the end of the season,” he added.

“There is a good chance he may not be here next season. I don't see, when the first XI is picked, where else he can play except that role.

“That role is for the captain Jordan Henderson, who I can see how much he is missed in the last three or four games he's been out.”

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